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Mary CORNWELL

Female 1708 - Yes, date unknown  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name Mary CORNWELL 
    Christened 6 Nov 1708  Great Coggeshall, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Living 4 Mar 1735/6  Great Coggeshall, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Recorded as Great Oxiswell but assumed to have been intended to be Great Coggeshall.
    Will 9 Apr 1757 
    • In the name of God Amen
      I Mary Ennever otherwise Cornwell late wife of John Ennever of
      the Parish of South Ockenden in the County of Efsex ffarmer being
      absolutely Divorced from the said John Ennever by virtue of an Act of
      Parliament for that purpose made whereby I am become a ffemme Sole
      and enabled to Act ffree from the Control and without the Consent
      of the said John Ennever I do here make my last Will and Testament
      in manner and form following Imprimis I Give and bequeath to my
      Children John Ennever Sarah Ennever and Joseph Ennever the Sum
      of Three hundred pounds to be equally divided between them, that is
      to say to each of the above-named Children one hundred pounds each
      to be paid by my Executors within three months after my Decease
      as also all other monies that is due to me Item I Give to my
      Daughter Ann One Shilling and no more Item I Give to my brother
      Daniel Cornwell and Robert Cornwell One Shilling each and no
      more Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah All my linen and Wearing
      Apparel and Rings and plate to be delivered to her on the day of her
      Marriage (by my Executors) that is if it shoud so happen she shoud
      be and continue a Spinster until the time of my Death but if she
      shoud be married at that time then my Executors to deliver the
      things above-named to her as soon as pofsible Item I do nominate
      and Appoint Mr David Reynolds of Golden lane Tobacconist and
      Larland Answorth of Old Street Wheelwright to be my true and
      Lawfull Executors and to whom I Give the Sum of One Guinea both
      Given under my hand and Seal this Ninth day of April Anno
      Domino 1757 Mary Ennever Witnefs Hanh Burton James
      Beachstone

      This Will was proved at London the thirteenth day
      of November in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred
      and Ffifty Eight before the Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws
      Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir George Lee Knight also
      Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commifsary of the prerogative
      Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Larland
      Answorth the Surviving Executor named in the said Will to whom
      Administration was Granted of all and Singular the Goods
      Chattels and Credits of the deceased having been first Sworn duly to
      Administer

      Note: underlined text indicates that the transcription is a best effort and may not be accurate

    Mary Cornwell (c1708-1758)
    Mary Cornwell (c1708-1758)
    Will
    Misc 7 Mar 1758  St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial of Jonathan Harvey
    Burial of Jonathan Harvey
    Believed to be the Jonathan Harvey mentioned in the Act of Parliament dissolving the marriage of John Ennever & Mary nee Cornwell. See http://www.ennever.com/histories/history547.php
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Buried 31 Jul 1758  St Luke, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I548  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2011 

    Father Robert CORNWELL 
    Mother Mary UNKNOWN 
    Family ID F163  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) John ENNIVER,   Born:  3 Jan 1712/3, Dunton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 4 Mar 1735/6  Mercers Hall Chapel, Cheapside, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Ennever and Mary Cornwell
    John Ennever and Mary Cornwell
    Parish register
    Separation 16 Aug 1750 
    Divorced 15 May 1753  Consistory Court of the Bishop of London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • March 1753 (11-20)

      Ennever, Leave for a Bill of Divorce:

      Upon reading the Petition of John Ennever Gentleman; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to dissolve hisMarriage with Mary Cornwell; and to enable him tomarry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned:
      It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in aBill, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.
      Bill read.

      Accordingly the Earl of Findlater presented to theHouse a Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of John Ennever Gentleman with Mary Cornwellhis now Wife; and to enable him to marry again; andfor other Purposes therein mentioned."
      And the same was read the First Time.
      Ordered, That the said Bill be read a 2d Timeon this Day Fortnight, being the 28th Day of this Instant March, and Notice thereof affixed on the Doors ofthis House; and the Lords to be summoned; and thatthe said John Ennever may be heard, by his Counsel, atthe said Second Reading, to make out the Truth of theAllegations of the Bill; and that the said Mary Cornwell may have a Copy of the said Bill; and that Noticebe given her of the said Second Reading: and that shebe at Liberty to be heard, by her Counsel, what she mayhave to offer against the said Bill, at that Time.

      March 1753 (21-30)

      Ennever's Divorce, Bill.

      The Order of the Day being read, for the SecondReading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolvethe Marriage of John Ennever Gentleman with MaryCornwell his now Wife; and to enable him to marryagain; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;"and for hearing Counsel, as well for as against thesame:
      Counsel were accordingly called in.
      But no Counsel appearing for Mrs. Ennever:
      Thomas Evans was produced, and sworn, and examinedas to the Service of the Order for giving her Notice;and informed the House, "That he delivered a Copyof the Bill, with the Order for giving her Notice ofthis Proceeding, to Mrs. Ennever, at her Lodgings inWhite Chappel; that he had never seen her before; butshe acknowledged hereself to be Mr. Ennever's Wife."
      Whereupon Sarah Briscoe was called in, and sworn;and informed the House, "That the said Mrs. Enneverlodges at her House; and that the said Thomas Evansdelivered the Papers to the said Mrs. Ennever, on Friday the 16th of this Month, in her Presence."
      And then they were directed to withdraw.
      And the said Bill was read a 2d Time.
      And Mr. Brown, Counsel for the Bill, was heard,in order to make out the Allegations thereof; and called,
      Elizabeth Swindell; who, being sworn and examinedto prove the Marriage, informed the House, "That shewas present, when Mr. Ennever and his Wife weremarried, at Mercer's Chapel; that it was on the 4th of March, about 16 or 17 Years ago."
      She is directed to withdraw.
      Then Elizabeth Taverner was called in, and sworn;and, being examined as to any unlawful Familiaritiesbetween Mrs. Ennever and Jonathan Harvey Mr. Ennever's Cow-man, gave the House an Account, "Thatshe was a Servant in the Family, and had very oftenobserved very unlawful and indecent Familiaritiesbetween her Mistress and the said Jonathan Harveythe Cow-keeper; that she used to be much in hisCompany, and to be with him often alone; and that,after her Master had discharged the said Jonathanfrom his Service on account of those Familiarities,they often met together in the Stables and Cart-houses;and her Mistress set her to stand Watch, to give Notice when her Master came Home."
      She is directed to withdraw.
      Next, William Reynolds, who also was a Servant inthe Family, was called in, and sworn; and gave the likeAccount of very indecent Familiarities between hisMistress and the said Jonathan Harvey; and "That sheused to order the Maid to stand Watch, that they (fn. 1) maynot be surprized by the other Servants; and also thatshe eloped from her Husband on the 16th of August1750; and that, when she went away, she was reputedto be with Child, and that her Husband and she hadkept separate Beds from February 1748/9."
      He is directed to withdraw.
      Then Thomas Papril was called in, and sworn; and,being examined, gave the like Account of very indecentFamiliarities between Mrs. Ennever and the said Jonathan Harvey.
      He is directed to withdraw.
      And Elizabeth Ingram was called; and, being swornand examined, gave the House an Account, "That shelived as a Servant in the Family about Four Yearsago; that she could not speak as to any Familiaritiesbetween her Mistress and Jonathan Harvey; but shehad seen very great and indecent Familiarities betweenher and one Philip Benton; and particularly that shecarried a Glass of Wine once to them in the Bedroom, where they were in a very indecent Posture."
      She is directed to withdraw.
      Then Anthony Bayley was called in; and, being sworn,gave the House an Account of his finding Mrs. Enneverin Bed with a Man at Hobbs' Coffee-house, a House of bad Repute, in Newcastle Street, near White Chapel, on the 18th of November last; but he did not know theMan.
      He is directed to withdraw.
      Then John Hawkins was called in; and, being sworn,gave the like Account of his being at the said Coffeehouse with the last Witness, and seeing her in Bed witha Man; but he did not know the Man.
      And then he withdrew.
      Then William Skelton, Register of the Consistorycourt of the Bishop of London, was called in; and beingsworn, produced the original Definitive Sentence ofDivorce from Bed and Board, against the said Mrs. Ennever, for Adultery, of the 28th of February last; andread the same.
      Which done; the Counsel was directed to withdraw.
      Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Friday next.
      Adjourn.

      April 1753 (1-30)

      Ennever's Divorce Bill.

      The Earl of Warwick (according to order) reportedthe Amendments made by the Committee of the wholeHouse to the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve theMarriage of John Ennever Gentleman with MaryCornwell his now Wife; and to enable him tomarry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned."
      Which, being read Twice by the Clerk, were agreedto by the House.
      Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments,be engrossed.

      May 1753 (1-10)House of Lords
      Message from H. C. to return Ennever's Divorce Bill.

      A Message was brought from the House of Commons,by Mr. Harvey and others:
      To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve theMarriage of John Ennever Gentleman with MaryCornwell his now Wife; and to enable him to marryagain; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;"and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed tothe same, without any Amendment.

      May 1753 (11-20)
      House of Lords (extract)
      "45. An Act to dissolve the Marriage of John Ennever Gentleman with Mary Cornwell his now Wife;and to enable him to marry again; and for otherPurposes therein mentioned."
      "46. An Act for exchanging, dividing, enclosing,and reducing into Severalty, the Lands, CommonGrounds, Pastures, Feeding Grounds, and other theLands and Grounds, lying and being in the Manorand Parish of Eastlech Martin, otherwise Botherup, inthe County of Gloucester; and for making a Recompense and Compensation to the Rector, in Lieu of hisTithes and Glebe Lands."
      "47. An Act for confirming and establishing anAgreement, for enclosing and dividing certain Commonand Waste Ground, in the Manor of Leathley, in theCounty of York."
      "48. An Act for enclosing and dividing certainWastes and Commons, in the Manor of Hexham, inthe County of Northumberland."
      "49. An Act for enabling John Latchmore and hisIssue to take and use the Surname of Frye."
      "50. An Act for naturalizing Christian MauriceRodatz."
      To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced,severally, in these Words:
      "Soit fait comme il est desiré."
      Then His Majesty was pleased to retire; and the Commons withdrew.
      The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.


      Source: Journal of the House of Lords vol 28 1753-1756
    John Ennever (1712/13-1762)
    John Ennever (1712/13-1762)
    A list of Parliamentary statutes
    A Bill of Divorce
    A Bill of Divorce
    Derby Mercury - Friday 30 March 1753
    John Ennever (1712/13-1762)
    John Ennever (1712/13-1762)
    A table of Parliamentary statutes
    Children 
     1. John ENNIVER,   Chr:  3 Feb 1737, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     2. Ann ENNIVER,   Chr:  27 May 1738, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary ENNIVER,   Chr:  15 May 1739, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 1 years)
     4. Sarah ENNIVER,   Chr:  11 Jun 1740, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     5. Robert ENNIVER,   Chr:  11 Jul 1741, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +6. Joseph ENNIVER,   Chr:  31 Aug 1742, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Before 28 Aug 1810, Rainham, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     7. Mary ENNIVER,   Chr:  24 Nov 1743, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 0 years)
     8. Mary ENNIVER,   Chr:  17 Jan 1745, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 1 years)
     9. Robert ENNEVER,   Chr:  8 May 1746, St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 0 years)
     10. Mary INNIVER,   Chr:  11 Nov 1749, St Peter and St Paul, Grays Thurrock, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 1 years)
    Family histories
    John Ennever 1712/13-1762
    John Ennever 1712/13-1762
    Dissolution of his marriage by an Act of Parliament.
    Strange things occur in families...
    Strange things occur in families...
    Some of the more unusual occurrences in the Ennever & related families, not featured elsewhere.
    Family ID F162  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 6 Nov 1708 - Great Coggeshall, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 4 Mar 1735/6 - Great Coggeshall, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Mar 1735/6 - Mercers Hall Chapel, Cheapside, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 15 May 1753 - Consistory Court of the Bishop of London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - 7 Mar 1758 - St Nicholas Church, South Ockendon, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 31 Jul 1758 - St Luke, London Link to Google Earth
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